Prisoners Literature Project

Volunteer

A photo of volunteers selecting books at PLP

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, and assist with other administrative tasks. Our volunteers say they enjoy the inclusive, friendly and respectful environment that we strive to maintain.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PLP still hosts small in-person volunteer sessions when we can, currently by invitation only and following strict safety protocols to protect us all. Please fill in this Google Form to get on the list to be contacted about attending a session! And please note that we receive many volunteer applications, and we run a limited number of sessions, so it might be a while before we can get back to you or invite you to attend a session.

About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an inclusive, all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage reading, the pursuit of knowledge, and self-determination among incarcerated people. By sending free reading materials to those behind bars, PLP aims to foster learning and critical thinking and help prepare people to lead successful lives after incarceration. We believe that all people have a right to read.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Latest News
Tor donates hundreds of genre fiction titles to PLP
Jan 2023

Many, many thanks to Tor Books for donating hundreds of titles to us!


Local high school club does book drive for PLP!
Jan 2023

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Prisoners Literature Project: thanks for your support during 2022!
Dec 2022

As we round out the year at the Prisoners Literature Project, we wanted to thank you all for keeping up on us, volunteering, or financially supporting us during the year with donations. It’s not too late to make tax deductible-donations to our programs before year-end! But this newsletter is mainly sent to celebrate a year in which we: – Sent […]